benefits of sateen include:
- - Mildew resistant (especially important for allergy sufferers and those who live in humid climates)
- - Suitable for all seasons
- - Drape nicely
- - Breathable
- - Durable
- - Machine wash and dry
- - Wrinkle resistant
Sateen sheets are known for their beautiful sheen and silky feel. However, not everyone realizes that sateen is not a specific type of fiber; the term refers to the weaving method that produces the material. Other weaving methods typically used for sheeting material include standard, percale and pinpoint. Each type of weave offers it's own benefits, and the term sateen alone isn't necessarily an indicator of high quality. Sateen sheets can be made from luxurious 100% cotton fibers like Egyptian or Supima® cotton or more economical short-fiber cottons and cotton blends. But for people who love the look and feel of a smooth sheet, sateen is an excellent choice no matter their price range.
One downside to consider with sateen, is that that it is slightly more prone to pilling than some other types of weave; however, purchasing good quality cotton or cotton blend sateen sheets will help eliminate that possibility.
When selecting sateen sheets, it's still important to pay attention the fiber the sheet is made of and thread count in order to ensure you're getting the best product your budget will allow. LinenSource offers sateen sheets made from high-end cotton material, short-fiber cotton and cotton blends in a variety of thread counts. Thread count refers to the total number of threads in each square-inch. By the nature of the weaving process, sateen thread counts run slightly higher to begin with. Higher thread counts generally mean a higher quality product, but they're not the only factor to consider.
For example, the Wentworth collection from LinenSource boasts a thread count of 800--the highest available in sateen at LinenSource--and is made from a cotton/polyester blend to keep the cost affordable. Our Private Essential 412 Thread Count sheets are wrinkle-free for up to 70 washes. Though their thread count is lower than those in the Wentworth collection, Private Essential sateen cotton sheets are more costly because they're made from 100% Egyptian cotton. This example shows why it's important to evaluate all the factors when purchasing sheets, not just price or thread count.
Sateen sheets come in the standard sizes consumers are accustomed to using: King, Queen, Double/Full and Twin. Some options at LinenSource also include Twin XL and California King sizes. Because they're durable and easy to care for, sateen sheets and other sateen bedding products are appropriate for children and adults.